MORGAN GEIST with JEREMY GLENN as part of Breakandenter's 5th anniversary, at the Polish Combatants Hall, Saturday, December 8. Rating: NNNN
Because of the real estate boom, it's getting harder and harder to find non-bar event spaces in Toronto. However, there's still very much a demand for that warehouse experience, as promoters Breakandenter have discovered over the last five years of throwing parties in unusual spaces around town. The Polish Combatants Hall might not be a raw industrial space, but it is far enough off the beaten path and definitely quirky enough to work for their purposes, especially when the room is drastically reinvented with light and video sculptures (and of course a big pile of speakers).
NYC DJ/producer Morgan Geist was a slightly surprising choice for a headliner for their anniversary party, as his style is closer to the disco end of the spectrum compared to the tech house flavours Breakandenter are more associated with. He is fairly influenced by Detroit techno as well though, which puts him in a good position to effectively straddle that line between synthetic and organic, blending classic and contemporary sounds. In fact, this seemed like one of the more receptive Toronto audiences he's had over his long career.
Warming up the crowd before Geist took over the turntables was Toronto's Jeremy Glenn, who dropped some live vocals into his laptop-based set, showcasing the soulful pipes that have been fueling a growing buzz behind him. Definitely an emerging talent to watch out for.